What is Science Café?
Science Café is science outreach – scientists speak on subjects of general interest to an audience of non-scientists in a public setting.
The topics are broad and of general interest, therefore this public forum is a chance to promote science literacy and a rare opportunity to meet and interact with scientists in a relaxed and friendly setting. Ample time is set aside for (often lively) Q&A sessions.
The Bloomington Science Café is one of the well over a hundred Science Cafés in the US and abroad, started initially in the United Kingdom as “Café Scientifique” as a form of outreach to promote science literacy. Settings and formats vary but the goal is to provide a venue for the public and scientists to interact in a relaxed setting. Science Café Bloomington was initially established in September 2006 by the IU University Graduate School Communications Director Erika Biga Lee.